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Coleborn aims to shine in Tahiti

SURFING: Wurtulla's Mitch Coleborn says a strong showing at this week's Billabong Pro in Tahiti will prove to the world that he belongs at the elite level.

Coleborn, the second standby for the World Champion Tour, received a call-up for the Tahiti event while on a break in New York, after Filipe Toledo withdrew with due to an ankle injury.

Depending on how many more WCT events he tackles in 2014, Coleborn may find himself on next year's tour if he can work his way into the top 22 in the current edition.

The 27-year-old sits in 36th place on the WCT and 45th in the World Qualifying Series.

The top 10 from the WQS also earn a spot on next year's professional tour.

A win in Tahiti would stand Coleborn in good stead, but he said he said he was not thinking about results and was more interested in showing the world he deserved to be viewed in high regard.

"It is one of the events that if you do well, you can solidify your spot and let the world know that you belong," he said.

"A good result here, people will go, 'Wow - this guy needs to be on tour'.

"I just want to get good waves and get some good scores and win the judges over."

Coleborn has had an indifferent year after finishing last season just two places shy of a spot on the world tour.

He is confident, though of claiming some good results over the next few months and pushing for a place on next year's circuit.

"I have only been in two events on the WCT and the WQS isn't going so good either at the moment," he said.

"I haven't really had that breakthrough result yet to get the ball rolling.

"But there are five more Prime events left to go and I am feeling good about the back half of the year."

Coleborn's best finish this year was a seventh at the Volcom Pipe Pro. That result followed two ninths, at the Los Cabos Open and the Australian Open of Surfing.

He said quality surf at the famed island break would provide him with an opportunity to shine.

"It all comes down to wave selection," he said.

"I feel like I have kind of lagged a bit in that area, but if the waves are pumping it gives me more of an opportunity to get a good score.

"I am going to be there two full days before the event starts, so I am just going to surf it as much as possible and try and gather as much knowledge as I can from everyone there."

Coolum's Julian Wilson is also due to compete in Tahiti.

Wilson, sixth on last year's WCT, sits in 15th place on the world standings.


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